More and more garbage lands up in the ocean than in any other natural environment in the world. Our global garbage crisis starts with the 14 million tons of plastic in the ocean!
Overconsumption and the inability to recycle this waste means the world is now facing a global crisis that needs solving. Without solving this crisis, the world and our abundant ocean life will cease to exist in no time.
As we continue to stand up to the global garbage crisis, more companies are using innovative waste solutions and technologies to combat the crisis. Read on below and find out about some of these solutions.
3D printing has become hugely popular over the last while, so popular in fact, that construction companies have started to use the technology to build everything from homes to schools.
What makes 3D printing a good waste management solution is that the plastic used can be from raw materials that have gone through recycling. The plastic sourced is environmentally friendly and long-lasting, making it the perfect substitute.
Roads From Plastic
There could come a day when all our roads are plastic. All of the plastic made will be from recycled material, which is clogging up our streams and landfills. The plastic will be generated into module-like blocks that are fitted together like pieces of a puzzle.
Plastic isn’t biodegradable so the roads will be resilient and can last for many years without wearing away. The roads will also be hollow and can absorb any floodwaters that land up on top of conventional roads.
Build With Glass
Yes, glass is recyclable but a lot of it remains on landfill sites, unused, waiting to degrade back into the earth. This is a problem as it only happens after a million years.
Glass waste is recyclable and reusable, without needing to remelt it and with not much water. This makes glass a highly efficient material that can be recycled cheaply. A further advantage is that different types of glass can be recycled together forming polymeric glass, once again reducing energy consumption.
Waste Solutions Can Mean Junk Into Energy
Believe it or not but household trash can be burnt to produce electricity and power homes. In fact, Sweden had got so good at the process that at one point they nearly ran out of trash to burn, and much of their power grid comes off trash burning.
Using landfill sites that are stinking up the earth and turning them into electricity for the world is one of the most effective innovations out there today. Each home should have a smart bin to sort out its waste and make this process easier.
Save Future Generations
In order for future generations not to suffer, the world needs to act now and implement effective long-term waste solutions that only benefit the environment and reverse all the damage that has already occurred.
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